Clinton: Russia Sending Attack Helicopters to Syria

It's more bad news as situation deteriorates

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 12, 2012 2:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Moscow apparently isn't just digging in its heels against international reproach of Syria. It's sending attack helicopters to Bashar al-Assad, says Hillary Clinton. The shipment is on its way and "will escalate the conflict quite dramatically," she said at a news conference, according to AP. Russia has previously said that none of the arms it sends to Syria will be used to put down the anti-government uprising, but the accusation by Clinton is yet another bleak development on a day when a UN official described the Syrian situation as civil war.

This image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network shows a destroyed building in Deir el-Zour, Syria.
This image made from amateur video released by Shaam News Network shows a destroyed building in Deir el-Zour, Syria.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)
A Syrian revolutionary flag waves on top of a building on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.
A Syrian revolutionary flag waves on top of a building on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo)
This video image taken from amateur video and broadcast by Bambuser/Homslive shows a series of devastating explosions rocking the central Syrian city of Homs Monday.
This video image taken from amateur video and broadcast by Bambuser/Homslive shows a series of devastating explosions rocking the central Syrian city of Homs Monday.   (Photo/Bambuser/Homslive via AP video)
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